Story: Coastal erosion

Fiordland coastline (2nd of 2)

Fiordland coastline

Large waves pound the exposed Fiordland coastline, but these hard, rocky shores are resistant, and erode slowly. The fiords formed when sea levels rose, flooding the U-shaped glacial valleys. Most coastal erosion problems in New Zealand occur on soft shores (sand or gravel) that are exposed to the open sea, rather than hard rocky shores. The landslides visible in this picture were caused by the weather.

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Willem de Lange, 'Coastal erosion - Rocky coasts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/6339/fiordland-coastline (accessed 10 April 2020)

Story by Willem de Lange, published 12 Jun 2006